Phineas Xarledan is a Necrodomin or Death Lord. He was responsible for the resurrection of Mason Hawke in his pursuit of the Emissary Spears.
Firionus van Durlo
Originally one of the Three Geniuses known as Firionus van Durlo, Xarledan left the Unending Road after killing the demented Aeon Digeros. Having stolen the better part of Aeon's work, Xarledan went on to find "employment" with the Knights of the Order.
Back on the planet Riene, Xarledan was Veidicus, the son of Reidric Hardy. Lefaris was his brother, Severus. Both expressed the same level of genius found in their father.
Xarledan's name is inspired by the long-lived necromancer Phineas Randale who, after nearly 70 years spent buried in a catacombs, was exhumed alive and powerful enough to aid the Endosylvanians to defeat the sorceress Penumbra Albecross and close the nexus between this realm and the Tesseract.
Xarledan draws inspiration from several sources. The name Xarledan is an anagram of "X Randale". The name Philionus is a play on the word villainous while "van Durlo" was based on the name Pandule inspired by fictional kings and countries from some of the author's favorite video games. The spelling of Durlo is inspired by Luxord from Kingdom Hearts as van Durlo is meant to resemble the Nobody. In the form of Xarledan, he was meant to take the place of Jack Skellington.